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The Stormont Awards 2017

During 2017 we are offering an art competition for students in our local schools.

This is inspired by the memory of the Gallery's Founders, artists Howard and Mary Stormont, and there will be prize awards, courtesy of Rye Art Gallery Trust and Rye Community Fund.  It is based on an idea by Michael Miller, Chair of Trustees.

This is a unique opportunity for young local artists to have their talent recognised and rewarded.  We are looking for pupils who demonstrate good technical ability, observation and interpretation alongside strong creativity and originality.  They will be undertaking the work at their schools under the supervision of their teachers.

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We are delighted that students from five of our local Schools are participating.  They are:

Beckley C of E Primary School,   Peasmarsh C of E Primary School,   Rye College,  Rye Community Primary School,   and St Michael's C of E Primary School, Playden.

The theme is - FISH



There are 3 age categories:

KS1 - Five to seven years.  KS2 - Seven to eleven years.  KS3 - Eleven to fourteen years.

Up to twenty-five entries from each school accross the three age categories will be submitted to Rye Art Gallery by 17th October 2017.

All works should be in 2 dimensions only and sized from A3 to a maximum of A1 unframed.



All entries will be judged by our panel who are:

-  Dani Humberstone, Vice-President of the Society of Women Artists

-  Jane Fenn, Director of Rye Art Gallery

-  Louis Turpin, Artist 



There will be a prize awarded (£50 art voucher) to the winning student and to the runner up (£25 art voucher) in each age category.  The winning schools will also receive  £100 towards art materials.


Prize-Giving Ceremony

There will be a prize-giving ceremony on Saturday 4th November 2017 at Rye Art Gallery in the top floor studio - Gallery 6 - at 3.00pm.  The Awards will be presented to the winners and their Schools by the Mayor of Rye, Councillor Jonathan Breeds whom we will be delighted to welcome.

Further details to come.



A public exhibition of work by students entering the competition will run from Saturday 4th November to Sunday 12th November inclusive.


Further information

Available from the Organiser:  Kate Van Der Pump, Trustee.  

Kate can be contacted by email:   or phone Rye Art Gallery on 01797 222433.